Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis

Boost for Maori education

by Paul Campbell

Maori education is to get $42 million in new investment to better engage in learning.

Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced last Monday “the Wellbeing Budget has invested $42 million for three years in Te Hurihanganui — a new initiative that builds on the previously successful Te Kotahitanga programme.

“The education system has underserved Maori learners. Te Hurihanganui will boost the capability of the education workforce to better support Maori achievement, and transform the learning experiences of Maori students.”

“It’s about taking on long-term challenges, and we are committed to improving the outcomes and experience for Maori kids and their whanau,” he said.

“In 2018 the Ministry of Education worked with a team of experts, chaired by Professor Mere Berryman, to develop Te Hurihanganui.

“Through this work, we decided to not simply restart Te Kotahitanga as it was, but to develop an evidence-based approach focussed on what works for Maori learners and their whanau.”

“There are two critical factors in supporting Maori learners: high-quality teaching that reflects culture and identity, and strong engagement from whanau and the wider community.

“This initiative addresses both of these factors. We will work with schools, whanau and communities at the same time; supporting communities to build strong relationships with schools, and supporting schools to strengthen their daily practice to ensure our system supports Maori success,” Kelvin Davis said.

Te Hurihanganui is set to be tested across six communities during the three years. Detailed implementation planning will start later this year in partnership with the participating communities.